The factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff, has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), seeking to stop the party’s national convention, slated for August 17 in Port Harcourt. Sheriff has asked the commission to completely ignore a letter sent to it by the chairman of the PDP caretaker committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, notifying the INEC of the proposed convention.
Sheriff, in the letter dated August 2, 2016, said the caretaker committee was illegal and has no powers under the PDP constitution to convene the convention. Citing Article 31(2) (a) of the PDP Constitution, the former Borno State Governor told the INEC that only the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party could call for and ratify activities culminating in a convention.
The letter further stated that the NEC is headed by Sheriff. He said INEC and the general public should note that the PDP is not planning to hold any convention, stressing that he had not been authorised by the NEC to do so. He warned that any person or group of persons planning for the said convention is doing so as an illegal body and in direct contempt of valid court orders.